What To Do When You Think You Have Hearing Loss

If you’ve been worried about your hearing as of late, then the first step you should take is to start protecting it. Prevention is better than the cure, as they say. However, if you’re suspecting that you’re starting to experience hearing loss, then you should make sure that you’re taking steps to address and treat it. Here, we’re going to look at the steps involved, as well as some of the lifestyle changes that you might have to prepare for.

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Get it checked out

Before you start planning your future life with hearing loss, it’s a good idea to get it checked out. It doesn’t matter what signs of hearing loss you have been experiencing, whether it’s difficulty making out speech, finding out that you have the TV volume turned way up, or otherwise. You should look at more info to help you learn what to expect from a hearing test, but they are relatively simple. Your hearing health professional is going to take a look inside the ear for any obvious physical causes, then they’re going to work with your to test your range of hearing by playing sounds at various volumes and frequencies. From this, they’re going to complete an audiogram, which is a graph showing your range of hearing, that can help them diagnose whether or not you do have any hearing loss.

Start considering hearing aids

If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, then the most widely recommended treatment is that you use hearing aids to help improve your quality of life and increase your range of hearing. There are various types of these devices, including those that are worn behind the ear or those worn inside it, and your level of hearing loss is going to play a large role in finding out which is best for you. However, there are also various hearing aid features, which you should learn more about, in order to choose the device that’s best suited to you. In most cases, the hearing health professional that performs the hearing test is also qualified to help you choose the device that suits your needs, too.

Help others learn to communicate better with you

If you have hearing loss, even with a hearing aid, you might need to adjust how you communicate with the people around you. For instance, you might find it difficult to make out what they are saying if they are not directly facing you. 

There are tips you can use to help improve how others communicate with you, including asking them to get your attention before they start speaking to you, getting comfortable with asking people to repeat themselves, and even knowing when you need a break from communication. People who experience hearing loss can get a little tired out from the extra effort they have to put into communication, so breaks may be necessary.

Keep working to protect your hearing

Even if you do get a positive diagnosis for hearing loss, that doesn’t mean that you should give up trying to prevent it. Hearing loss can get worse with time, especially due to issues like exposure to loud noises. 

For that reason, it’s still important to invest in things like hearing protection, as well as to pay some attention to the environments that you’re in and to know when loud is too loud. Anything that is louder than 85 decibels is known to contribute to hearing loss. The louder the noise, the shorter your exposure needs to be when in order to cause permanent hearing loss. So, if you’re at a fireworks show, a concert, or any other similarly loud event, be sure to protect your hearing.

Consider talking to someone about the emotional impacts

A lot of people live just fine with hearing aids, enjoying a quality of life that they would not have otherwise. However, getting the news that you have hearing loss, the extra effort you have to put into communicating with people, and the work it takes to care for your hearing aid and your hearing, can all contribute to changes in your emotional health. You may want to consider finding a counselor to help you deal with the stress or to look at the support groups that are available for those in the same or similar positions to offer some help in managing the mental side of things.

If you are experiencing hearing loss, don’t worry. There are options out there that can help you and greatly improve your quality of life.

However, the sooner that you get to the point of checking for it and treating it, the better your outcomes are likely to be.

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